As an organisation, we are committed to reducing waste volumes and increasing recycling rates across all our operations.
Our objective is to make more efficient use of resources and enhance our environmental performance. In alignment with Government initiatives and targets, we are endeavouring to reduce our carbon footprint as an organisation.
What can you recycle?
The University of Waikato is constantly improving recycling rates through creative methods of engaging with our staff and student population. We are committed to reducing waste volumes and increasing recycling rates across all our operations.
Eco Emporium is a sustainability space, where students can learn new skills, repair things, up-cycle unwanted items, volunteer, or seek advice on waste and sustainability. We run regular workshops and events. We also run Re-Cycle, where donated bikes are repaired and subsidised for UoW students. We also gift bikes to the Red Cross for new migrants coming to Hamilton.
In 2018 we diverted 2 tonnes of waste from landfill, with over 200 work hours volunteered by students.
Eco Emporium is located in the Cowshed, behind the Student Union Building and SUB, and is open Tuesday to Thursday between 10am-1pm.
We repair donated bikes, rent and sell them cheaply to University of Waikato students, as well as gift them to the Red Cross for new migrants coming to Hamilton.
We can repair your bike for $10/hr labour + parts, or come in and do maintenance or repairs yourself under instruction from the bike mechanic and using our tools – all for a gold coin donation (+ parts).
This initiative is run by the Eco Emporium and our great volunteers. We would not operate without our volunteers. A big thank you to everyone who donates their time and energy.
For more information on open hours and bike donations, please contact Katie Hine 07 837 9463
To reduce some of our waste, we list usable items on Freecycle - an online waste exchange site, where unwanted items are gifted.
Surplus Furniture- FurniCycle
FurniCycle (Warpit) is an online reuse platform that makes it easy for staff, students and charities/Not for Profits to access free surplus stationery, furniture and other equipment.
The initiative reduces the large amounts of University furniture and equipment that takes up storage, or is eventually wasted and also allows us to track and redeploy furniture more efficiently whilst measuring our savings and carbon emissions. Within our first month we diverted 1.5 tonnes and saved 1 tonne of Co2e.
From 2013-2018 the University diverted or redeployed over 50 tonnes of furniture and equipment, with about 60% diverted back into the University and 40% gifted to the community.
50% of universities in the UK use Warp-it, and Australian universities are also beginning to adopt it. The University of Waikato is the first in New Zealand to roll out this innovative tool.
To register: http://getwarpit.com/company/waikato
Please contact Katie Hine Sustainability Coordinator for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Reusable Mugs & Bottles
Stainless steel UoW branded drink bottles and mugs are subsidised for staff and students, as part of the Going Green@Waikato and Wasted programmes. Waste audits have shown that thousands of takeaway coffee cups go to landfill each week, and a recent audit highlighted 10kg’s of plastic bottles in the Village Green, just in one day.
Take your subsidised stainless steel mug to Kahurangi and get 50 cents off a hot drink each time you use it. Bongo (Sushi) also offer 30 cents off if you take your own plate or container.